STL Homeschool Events – Vendor & Non-homeschool events

In this issue:


1. Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

2. Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

3. Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell


Non-homeschool events

2/20 – MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

4/15 – STL Day on the Runway


General info & programs

1. NextGen+ Leadership Program

2. Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

3. D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

4. Eugene Field House Museum

5. Panthers Homeschool Football Team

6. MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

7. SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum




Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

My name is Andrea Holmer and I am a homeschooling mother of 4. I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Special Education and many years of teaching experience.

I learned about a year ago that my third child has dyslexia. After extensive research I chose to begin using Barton Reading and Spelling with her. It has been going so well that I have been inspired to become certified with the program in order to help other struggling students.

I am currently looking for 1 or 2 students (between the ages of 6 and 12 years) who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, or are highly suspected of having dyslexia, to tutor at a reduced rate of $20 per hour while I prepare for certification (anyone I begin tutoring now will continue to receive this rate for the entire duration of their tutoring relationship with me, even following my certification). This would require a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for at least the first 3 levels of Barton. This could be anywhere from 3 months to 1 year depending on the age and progress of the student.

If you are interested, you can contact me through email at or phone/text at 314-324-8748.

Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

With Chegg Test Prep, students can get instant access to hundreds of expert SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep guides. One of our most popular guides to date is our top 50 strategies for SAT test day article. And we’re only getting started!

We know how stressful testing can be for students. With our free test prep resources, we aim to support students (particularly of low-income families) and help relieve some of that stress.

You can learn more about us here:

SAT Test Prep:

ACT Test Prep:

Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell

Certell ( is an education nonprofit dedicated exclusively to producing free, full-semester curriculum for teachers who have a passion to engage students. Certell does this by creating meaningful content that positively shapes students’ futures. The content is dynamic, thought provoking and relevant—and they do an amazing job of using current, popular media to convey powerful concepts. This content helps students embrace the common sense, life-changing principles they will take with them into adulthood.

While the curriculum is targeted to the high-school level, it can also be adapted for use by middle school or college educators. Certell’s unique approach and creative curriculum covers such important subjects as:

Common Sense Economics (full semester)

Common Sense Government (full semester)

Common Sense American History (two full semesters)

As we mentioned, all of Certell’s content – from learning management system (LMS) curriculum packages to eBooks to Bell Ringers – is free. This means:

• Free to download

• Free to adapt and teach as-is “right out of the box”

• Free to adapt into your existing curriculum on a lesson-by-lesson basis

• Free eBooks for your students

New teachers just getting started and seasoned educators who are now teaching a new subject — as well as all educators in between — will appreciate Certell’s thoughtful, empowering and easy-to-understand approach. We encourage you to try the Certell curriculum for yourself: Use it with your students, and tell fellow educators about this tremendous, free resource. You can learn more by going to

Best wishes for a successful new semester and prosperous New Year.


Rob Schimenz

Executive Director

Stossel in the Classroom


Non-homeschool events


MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for youths to discover upland gamebird hunting at the Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic. The program will introduce new hunters between the ages of 11-15 to the sport with the emphasis on ring-necked pheasants.

The program begins with a classroom clinic at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Participants will then take to the field for the pheasant hunt itself, hosted at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. The hunt will occur on Saturday, Feb. 24.

“The clinic will cover some biology, firearm handling, and how to clean the birds. We’ll even give participants some recipes to help them prepare the pheasants for eating,” said Bryant Hertel, MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center manager. He also added that the hunt itself would be a great way for first-timers to sample the sport of upland bird hunting.

All participants must be Hunter Education certified and have not attended the program in the past. The guided hunt is for first-time participants only. Participants must attend the clinic to attend the hunt, and should have some familiarity with shotgun handling.

The clinic and hunt are both free. However, advanced registration is required by going online to The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.

STL Day on the Runway

For the first time ever, the public is invited to spend the day on St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s airfield in support of Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Bring the family and come join the fun at STL Day on the Runway!

The estimated time for the event is 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Team up and pull together for this Law Enforcement Torch Run® signature event that will feature:

  • 5K race and family fun walk on the runway
  • Plane Pull® : Build a team of between 15 and 25 people with friends, family, co-workers and test your strength by pulling a FedEx Cargo Plane, estimated to weigh 190,000 lbs.! Participants in the plane pull must be at least 12 years old. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 by event day.
  • Family Festival – A fun family atmosphere with activities for children and kids of all ages, including a mini pulling event, displays that give you a sneak-peak behind the scenes of the Airport and highlight some of the tools of our community’s first responders.
  • Entertainment, opportunities to participate in activities with Special Olympics Missouri athletes, food trucks/food vendors, and more!



General info & programs


NextGen+ Leadership Program

St. Louis Christian College has approved the launching of a new program called the NexGen+ Leadership Program which is designed to match the Missouri A+ program. This is a huge advantage that homeschoolers have not had before do to the rules and regulations of the Missouri Program.  SLCC has removed those barriers.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Significant tuition savings for eligible students
  • Connect with Christian leaders for career mentoring and networking
  • Education from a Christian worldview
  • Christ-centered campus

To explore a student’s eligibility, the student must apply at or call the admissions department at 1-800-887-7522, ext. 8110.

Please help me to help fellow homeschool parents and their kids get a good Christ-based college education by encouraging all senior level students to apply for free immediately at SLCC was recognized as a very inexpensive college at This makes it even better for homeschoolers.

Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

The Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture. The Jugendgruppe consists of boys and girls ages 13 years old up to 21 years of age. It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn dances from the different regions of Europe. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

The group is led by Rosemarie Ficken. Practices are held at our hall on Jefferson Ave. on scheduled Sunday afternoons, or at our facilities in Jefferson County at Donau Park. Please email us for a practice schedule at More information is also available at our facebook page.

D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

Ages 4-80’s

This group was formed in 1976 for the purpose of upholding Bavarian culture and traditions through Schuhplattler (dancing), music and authentic Bavarian clothing. Membership is minimal. Practices are usually held twice a month on Fridays at Laclede Groves, 732 S. Laclede Station Road. Non-members are welcome to check us out. We are always looking for new members that are interested in German dancing. Please contact Nancy Plunk at 314-610-9765 to confirm practice times. Also visit our webpage.

Eugene Field House Museum

The Field House Museum in Downtown St. Louis is a historic house museum whose primary focus is to educate visitors on Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet”, and his father, Roswell Field, a landmark attorney on the Dred Scott case. Tours of the historic house allow children to immerse themselves in 19th century life in St. Louis and creates an environment that encourages learning. These topics are still relevant for today’s society and are highly recommended as part of a curriculum.

For those who can’t make it to the museum for a tour, we also have a Touch Trunk with hands-on activities that can be checked out for free. To complete this experience we have available pre-made lesson plans for $10. These can be tailored to all age groups and are an excellent resource for teachers.

A good starting point for more information is at this link: or we encourage teachers to contact the museum directly at 314-421-4689 or We can be reached there anytime during museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from Noon to 4:00 PM.

Panthers Homeschool Football team

For a superb opportunity to grow young boys into responsible, team playing young men, check out the Panthers Homeschool Football team!

My sons have been involved for over three years now, and being on the team has given them encouragement and support from the coaches and teammates that they have gotten no where else. They have learned that others count on them. When they make a mistake or don’t show up when they are needed, the whole team suffers. When they really work and do their best, the whole team benefits. They have learned responsibility. Accountability. Manning up to their mistakes and working hard to make sure they don’t do it again. Encouraging others when they are down and celebrating when they are up. Losing graciously and winning graciously. Playing without cheating or trying to hurt the opponents.

The coaching staff is fabulous and works to train the boys firmly and with discipline, but also so each one knows the coaches care about them individually.  To find out more, contact Head Coach Bob Schembre at 314-807-6359, or visit the website at Registration is open for this upcoming season, and there are two football camps coming up as well. Hope to see you on the team!!

MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

I run a small nonprofit that provides enrichment programs in math for 5th-8th grade students (specifically, high-ability in math). We have had many homeschool families use us as a resource over the years. In fact, our prior ED was a homeschool parent. I’m newer to the organization, but I believe we’ve collaborated in years past. We are currently in our nomination season. Teachers or parents can nominate their students to participate in our qualifying test for our gifted (Elements) summer and after-school program for 2018-19. We also offer a summer program (MathJam) where no nomination or testing is necessary.

Let me know if there are ways we can let your population know about our programs. We’ve been challenging students with the next level of math curriculum for nearly 40 years in the St. Louis area.


Maureen Hergenroether

Executive Director

Project MEGSSS, Inc.

SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

St. Louis County Library offers Sensory Story Time for families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities.

The program uses props, toys and tactile objects, to offer children a variety of ways to process the information being presented. In an effort to help kids feel more comfortable, SLCL also provides noise canceling head phones and blue light covers to mitigate sensory stimulation such as fluorescent lighting and loud noises.

SLCL staff have put together a social story about the various activities that will take place at Sensory Story Time. Parents report that providing a visual road map helps children with autism transition from one activity to the next. Social stories are linked below.

Weber Road Branch

2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Prairie Commons Branch

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Daniel Boone Branch

1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 p.m. starting in July 2018.

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